Tom Hardy to play Elton John

The wait is over to discover who is to play Elton John in Michael Gracey’s biopic Rocketman. It’s officially confirmed that Tom Hardy will portray the artist who was once known as Reginald Kenneth Dwight.

Tom Hardy to play Elton John

Exciting stuff! It was never going to be easy to find someone who could accurately portray the man behind some of the world’s greatest hits, but we reckon Tom Hardy is pretty close to perfect. The film will tell the story of Elton John‘s life, from child prodigy to global superstar. Apparently, they’ll cover his years at the Royal Academy of Music and the influential musical partnership he has nurtured with Bernie Taupin.

Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) has been linked to the role for quite some time now, although the confirmation didn’t come until an official press release came from Focus Features. CEO Peter Schlessel had this to say:

“We are confident that Tom will embody the physicality and spirit of Sir Elton.”

With a screenplay written by Lee Hall, and a director like Gracey already on-board, casting Tom Hardy will put this project on the right track now, with shooting set to begin in 2014. IMDB lists shooting as scheduled for the Autumn of 2014, but that could change at any time.

On Tom’s involvement in the project, producer Steve Hamilton Shaw had this to say: “Tom is a stellar talent who will add extraordinary depth and nuance in bringing Elton’s story to life. We are excited to have such a gifted actor on board.”

Rocketman is expected to arrive in cinemas in 2015. What do you think of this news? Will Tom Hardy make a good Elton John?

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